Bruno Latour, French sociologist, anthropologist. Recipient Bernal prize, 4S Society, 1992, medal of honor, Institute Advanced Studies, University Bologna, 2008, Siegfried Unseld prize for life achievements, Frankfurt, 2008. Member of National Academy Arts & Sciences (foreign) (honorary).
Latour, Bruno was born on June 22, 1947 in Beaune, France.
Doctorate Honoris Causa, University Lund, Sweden, 1996; Doctorate Honoris Causa, University Lausanne, 2006; Doctorate Honoris Causa, University Montreal, 2008.
Professor Centre de sociologie de l'Innovation, 1982—2006. Professor, vice president research Sciences Po Paris (Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris), since 2007. Spinoza Chair University Amsterdam, 2005.
What can one man accomplish, even a great man and brilliant scientist? Although every town in France has a street named for Pasteur, was he alone able to stop people from spitting, persuade them to dig drains, influence them to undergo vaccination? Pasteur's success depended upon a whole network of forces, including the public hygiene movement, the medical profession (both military physicians and private practitioners), and colonial interests.
Bruno Latour´s 'We Have Never Been Modern' shows us that the world view of us - the rational people who have grown up in modernity - is not the only possibility, or not even the most exact of all, but is significantly biased due to some arbitrary cultural decisions that seem natural to us; but actually are not.
A major work by one of the more innovative thinkers of our time, Politics of Nature does nothing less than establish the conceptual context for political ecology--transplanting the terms of ecology into more fertile philosophical soil than its proponents have thus far envisioned.
Public (field study on an automatic subway system) Aramis or the Love of Technology, 1996 (Prix Roberval du Livre et de la Communication grand public, 1992), (essay on symmetric anthropology) We Have Never Been Modern, (series of essays) Pandora's Hope: Essays in the Reality of Science Studie, 1999, Politics of Nature: How to Bring the Sciences into Democracy, 2004. Co-editor: La Fabrique du droit. Une ethnographie du Conseil d'Etat, 2002, Making Things Public-Atmospheres of Democracy, 2005.
Author: Science in Action: How to Follow Scientists and Engineers through Society, 1987, The Pasteurization of France, 1988, We Have Never Been Modern, 1993, Changer de socièté-refaire de la sociologie, 2005, Reassembling the Social-An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory, 2005, Chroniques d'un amateur de science, 2006. Co-author (with Steve Woolgar): Laboratory Life: the Social Construction of Scientific Facts, 1979. Co-author: Les atmosphères de la politique-dialogue sur la démocratie, 2006.
Curator Iconoclash beyond the image wars in science, religion and art, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany, 2002, co-curator Making Things Public the Atmospheres of Democracy, 2005.